Planet Booty and TWRP
The East Bay trio and the Canadian foursome first met in June 2017 when Planet Booty was booked last-minute to open for TWRP at the Valley Bar in Phoenix.
By October 2017, the bands had become fast friends, mutual fans, and tour mates. Now they are collaborators, partnering on the single “Tactile Sensation.” The song is featured on TWRP’s new album Together Through Time, released May 18.
TWRP wrote the track’s music and was steadfast when it came to the title.
“It started out as what we thought was a funny, awesome song title. We worked backwards from there and wrote a funky demo that we thought could fit the title,” said TWRP lead singer and keytarist Doctor Sung. “Literally the only direction we gave Planet Booty before handing them the demo was that it had to be called ‘Tactile Sensation.’ They nailed it so incredibly hard with what they came up with. Now it’s kind of got a nostalgic, groovy, bad-boyness to it.“
Planet Booty sings vocals on the track and wrote the lyrics with the title as a creative starting point.
“The song is about having a crush on someone, seeing them at a show or club or anywhere and thinking what joy it would be to feel their touch,” said Planet Booty lead singer Dylan Charles Germick. “It’s that high school type of feeling where the biggest thing that could happen is, ‘Wow! I held their hand or they kissed me on the cheek or we just danced for a second.’ It is amazing how those sweet flirtatious moments, those tiny little interactions can be so meaningful.”
It is hard to imagine that not long ago, Planet Booty and TWRP were none too familiar with one another. The fortuitous gig at the Valley Bar brought the two groups together. As the night progressed, their many commonalities surfaced and their band-mance began.
“We agreed to do it but we had no idea who they were,” Germick said. “It wasn’t until the day before the show on the way to Phoenix that we were like, ‘Alright, who the hell are these guys TWRP?’”
Right off the bat Germick noticed, “They’ve got a dumb band name like we do.” A Google search en route to the venue revealed that both bands describe their music as electro-funk, though Planet Booty has elements of soul and R&B and TWRP has elements of rock.
Both groups have songs with notably similar themes. Planet Booty’s 1990s-inspired catalog includes “Take Off Your Pants,” “Treat My Body Right,” and “Galaxy.” TWRP’s 1980s-inspired catalog includes “The No Pants Dance,” “Body Image,” and “Interstellar Strut.”
Meanwhile, the TWRP guys had a cursory introduction to Planet Booty’s work and were likewise struck by the trio’s comical name.
“Months before that fateful night, our agent slid one of